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Class Notes – December 2016

Save the date! Spring Convocation – Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28, 2017. More details and registration coming soon. Already secured as a participant is LTSP Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgy Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop!

The Rev. Mark English (MDiv 1978) | Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, McClure, Ohio, and Chaplain, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg

Pr. English in October began a two-year Anamcara Apprenticeship (‘Soul Friend’) with a retreat in Bend, Oregon. TheAnamcara Apprenticeship training is designed to create a new generation of caregivers in the dual role of the traditional anamcara: namely, the sacred art of living and the sacred art of dying. Learn more



Melvyn Alan Hammarberg, PhDMelvyn Alan Hammarberg, PhD (MDiv 1972)

Dr. Melvyn Alan Hammarberg (MDiv 1972) died at age 78, on December 10, 2016. He was Professor of American Civilization Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He was born September 5, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Johnson High School and Gustavus Adolphus College, and received advanced degrees from Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, including a PhD in American Civilization and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Melvin, and is survived by his loving wife, Hong; his children, Kerstin (Lisa Borneman), Marc (Craig Rosenfeld) Erik (Leslie Levito); their mother, Carol; and grandchildren Niko and Logan. He is also survived by his siblings, Linda Willette (Brian), Jon Hammarberg (Ruth) and Paul Hammarberg (Porat) and nephew, nieces and cousins. A Life Celebration was held December 17, 2016, in West Chester. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Gustavus Adolphus College, Public Radio, or the charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements, and obituary and photo,; read more from Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

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